Firstly, what is a Tech Hub?
According to Roland Tritsch, VP of Global Engineering at Nitro,
“‘Tech hub’ is a term we hear bandied about often but how is it actually defined? I’d be inclined to describe a tech hub as a type of ‘utopia’ where things happen faster, people are smarter and meeting investors is easier – as a result, a space is created where ideas germinate and companies prosper. However, fostering the perfect blend of skills, education and community can be easier said than done.”
Whlile we are, we’ll be naming some (i meant all) of the various tech hubs which are situated around Africa. We do hope you locate a suitable place for your startup (or upcoming). Just stay with me…
1. Co-Creation Hub – Nigeria
Co-Creation Hub, commonly referred to as Cc-HUB or the HUB, is a technology-oriented centre located in Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. Founded in 2010 by Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe as Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space.
Co-Creation Hub provides a platform where technology-oriented people share ideas to solving social problems in Nigeria and it received massive acclaim for hosting Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, during his visit to Nigeria on August 30, 2016.
It is located at 294, Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos state.
2. JoziHub – South Africa
JoziHub is made up of a group of tech innovators, in Johannesburg, that offer their 140m2 -space for meetings, presentations and other events. The space is described as: ideal for brainstorming and strategy sessions.
The venue, which is at venue is situated in Milpark, Johannesburg and located just off the M1, can seat approximately 60 guests, while for standing parties the maximum capacity is 120 persons.
According to them: “We foster a culture of openness and innovation – providing a space to share ideas, collaborate and explore the opportunities created by the social and technological changes which are transforming our continent.”
3. iHub – Kenya
This one provide a part open community space, a part vector for investors and VCs, and part incubator. This is a vibrant and collaborative environment for innovators and startups to think through their ideas, and develop their solutions, lowering the barriers to entry for many young would-be entrepreneurs.
According to them, their commitment to spurring a vibrant community of innovators and entrepreneurs to build “best in the world” companies tailored to solving the myriad of problems in Africa and across the developing world motivates us.
This community includes individual developers, designers, creatives, researchers, scientists, engineers, technologists, as well non-tech people looking to launch startups.
This list would be updated continuously. Please feel free to mention a Tech Hub that has not been featured up there, and we’ll be glad to do so.